Kirsters Baish’s Opinion| Anti-Trump actor and former star of the hit show, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, reportedly googled his own name over 50 times in the days following the fake hate crime that he staged against himself.
CBS 2 reporter Charlie De Mar sent out an image on Twitter showing Smollett’s search history in the days following the crime, which was released yesterday by the Chicago police:
According to Bongino.com, “Chicago police also released nearly 70 hours of video footage from its investigation into the Smollett case. The videos released include footage from when officers arrived at Smollett’s home and are greeted by the actor with a makeshift noose around his neck. Officers asked the actor if he wanted to take the noose off, to which he replied ‘Yeah. I do. I just wanted you all to see it.’”
ABC 7 reported that the actor’s manager spoke to police officers on video saying, “He doesn’t want this to be a big deal. The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his (expletive) neck. I’m sorry, you know. And that is what bothers me, the cut thing doesn’t bother me at all. If that makes any sense.”
Smollett requested that officers turn their body cameras off once he realized that he was being recorded.
“You’re filming this right?” Smollett’s manager questioned.
“Yes, this is all data,” an officer answered. “It’s his house.”
“They are filming,” the actor’s manager goes on to tell his client. “Can we turn it off?”
“Yeah,” the officer answered. “You are giving us permission to shut it off?”
According to Bongino.com, “Police also released footage of the two brothers who were accused of ‘attacking’ Smollett–Abel and Ola Osundairo–being taken into custody at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.”
The liberal actor was arrested back in February after he was targeted by authorities for making a false police report. Smollett lied and claimed that he had been the victim of a “homophobic and racist attack” which supposedly took place in January, where he lives in Chicago. He claimed that “two men poured a chemical substance on him, put a rope around his neck and said ‘This is MAGA country!’” according to Bongino.com.
The former “Empire” actor was indicted on March 8 on 16 felony counts, facing as much as 48 years in prison. Oddly enough, on March 26, all charges that had been placed against Smollett were dropped.
“Just last week, a Cook County judge ordered that a special prosecutor be appointedto investigate prosecutors’ decisions to drop charges against Smollett,” Bongino.com explains.
Via the Washington Examiner:
Police opened a hate crime investigation after Smollett reported that two men attacked him, threw bleach on him, and wrapped a noose around his neck. Police later concluded that the crime was staged and charged the actor with filing a false police report.
The Cook County State’s Attorney Office dropped the charges against Smollett, sparking outcry from Chicago public officials and the police department.
Cook County Judge Michael Toomin decided on June 21 to approve a special prosecutor to investigate the state’s attorney office’s handling of the Smollett case and, if appropriate, refile the charges against Smollett and possibly more against the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Tina Glandian, of Geragos & Geragos, who represents Smollett, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner that the search history in question was by the Osundairo brothers and not her client: “The notation on the top of the page which reads ‘Smollett search, seems to refer to the fact that the searches related to him. Entry 116 on 1/31/2019 is probably most telling, with a search for ‘visa on arrival nigeria’ (the brothers were traveling to Nigeria from Istanbul at that time). Numerous text messages between the brothers unsealed in the discovery also reference their Visas. Furthermore, entry 117 for ‘akc reunite’ is related to a pet recovery service (I believe the Osundairo brothers had at least one dog and a parrot; Jussie does not have any pets).”